Dundee: Paul Hartley relaxed over Aberdeen fixture change

By Jim SpenceBBC Sport
Dundee manager Paul Hartley
Paul Hartley's side sit seventh in the Premiership

Dundee manager Paul Hartley insists he has no problem with their match against Aberdeen being brought forward to Saturday instead of Monday.

Hartley's side have not played since 28 February and he says that has been frustrating for his players.

"I'm just glad we've got a game," he said ahead of the game at Dens Park.

"All our preparation was focused for the Monday, but it's been nearly three weeks since our last game, so I think we're pleased it's on a Saturday."

While Aberdeen have expressed sympathy for fans angered by the late alteration, the Pittodrie club requested the date be changed because they have three players on international duty.

Aberdeen's Cammy Smith in action against Dundee
Dundee and Aberdeen have each had a win, draw and loss in their meetings this season

Hartley's side have been out of action since they lost 1-0 away to Ross County.

"We've not had a game for that period of time, which is frustrating," he added.

"Our players have trained well and hopefully they're right for Saturday.

"In terms of the injuries, we're still carrying a few knocks, so it's given us a bit of time to get players back.

"But I just think it's been frustrating over all not to have a game on a Saturday and we've just tried to keep the players motivated as much as we can."

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